English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard
7   He run till he came to the river side, And he jumped in and swam,
He swam and he swam to the other side, And he rose and run.
8   He run till he: came to McHenry's throne, He dingled so loud with the ring,
There's none so ready as Lord Vanner himself To arise and let him in.
9   What news, what news ? my little foot-page, What news have you brought to me ?
Has any of casten walls fell down, Or any of my men false be ?
10 There's none of your casten walls fell down, Nor none of your men false be. This young Magrove is in fair Scotland In bed with your lady.
11   If this be lie you bring to me, As I believe it to be,
I'll build a gallow just for you, And hangen you shall be.
12   If this^be lie I bring to you As you believe it to be,
You needn't build any gallows for me, Just hang me on a tree.
13   Lord Vanner calling up his best men, By one, by two, by three,
Saying: Let's take a trip to fair Scotland, This happy couple for to see.
14  They rolled and they rolled all over the bed Till they fell fast asleep,
And when they woke Lord Vanner was there A-standing at their bed feet.
15  It's how do you like my blanket, sir ? It's how do you like my sheet ? How do you like that fair lady, That lies in your arms asleep.
16  Very well I like your blanket, sir, Very well I like your sheet,
Ten thousand times better I like this fair lady Lies in my arms asleep.